Brighton entrepreneur recognised for success

Colleen Budd has been recognised as one of the UK’s 100 most inspirational female entrepreneurs.

Submitted by Colleen Budd

An entrepreneur from Brighton, Sussex, has been named as one of the UK’s 100 most inspirational female entrepreneurs by Small Business Britain’s f:Entrepreneur ‘#ialso100’ campaign.

Colleen Budd, founder of Pole Emporium, an online and in-store sportswear and accessories company established in 2014, has been recognised as part of the campaign’s acknowledgement of the multi-achievements of women which have proved critical to society throughout the Covid-19 pandemic.

Now in its fourth year, f:Entrepreneur was launched in 2017 to highlight female role models to help and inspire small businesses through content, stories and events.

In particular, it aims to showcase trailblazing female entrepreneurs who lead small businesses alongside a roster of other responsibilities, such as volunteering, mentoring and community support.

Colleen Budd was also celebrated for her continued support of other small businesses and supporting charities as well as being nominated as one of 100 small businesses 2019 through the Small Business Saturday Campaign.

From beekeepers to PPE, tech entrepreneurs to pole-dance-enthusiasts, this year’s campaign celebrates inspiring and resilient female entrepreneurs that have flourished despite Covid-19, with many still growing or starting new ventures.

Colleen said: “I am completely blown away and honoured to be a part of this campaign alongside such amazing women. I feel like a bit of an imposter to be honest and have to keep pinching myself.”

Both f:Entrepreneur and Small Business Britain were founded by Michelle Ovens CBE, who is also the director of Small Business Saturday UK.

Michelle said: “Congratulations to all the inspiring women chosen to join this year’s #ialso100. Despite the significant obstacles thrown at them in the last year, female entrepreneurship continues to grow and flourish.

“We need to continue, and increase, our support for these incredible women and celebrate their amazing strength and success in the face of huge challenges.”

“We have seen so many women embracing change, generating and exploring new ideas, rallying around their communities and supporting their peers. This resilience is hugely valuable and will set them up for success as they will be at the very heart of the UK’s recovery.”

To see the full list of the 100 amazing women featured in this year’s f:Entrepreneur #ialso100 campaign, click here.

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